It all started here:
and then I fell down the domino well and I went here:
and then I ended up here:
Not only do I find the falling dominoes mesmerizing, I find the sound of it soothing. And I can use all the soothing I can get these days.
Random notes: Today we are getting the USAF Thunderbirds flying over the entire Front Range- starting at the Air Force Academy to the WY border. Also: I made Four Layer Bars (photos and recipe here).
How y’all doing? What keeps you going? I’m reading four different books at the moment, I have a few shows to catch up on (What We Do In The Shadows just premiered season 2!) and then I’ll be watching snow melt. Big day here.
Okay, I’m off to watch more dominoes fall…
Respite open thread
I am trying to finish reviewing the page proofs for Money for Nothing–which is now due out in August (pushed from June).
It’s a) a great feeling to reach this stage and…
b) terrifying. Any stupidity I don’t catch now gets locked between hard covers.
That’s the day–about 100 pages more of text, and then another 100 of apparatus to look over.
Just want to say that the “I will cut you if you muddy this thread” tag is a nice touch.
You’re writing about Dire Straits? ?
@Amir Khalid: Well…I am actually hoping to reach Knopfler for a blurb.
Sigh. I “clicked to refresh” in order to get the Visual window, and lost a whole long comment.
I guess I’m answering the “desert island” question posed by BGinChi a while ago. I’m compulsively re-reading Jane Austen before bed. Sense and Sensibility down, starting Mansfield Park. I tried to start Trollope’s The Duke’s Children, but I didn’t have the patience for a lot of horse stuff and another tiresome raffish hero. Maybe After the Pandemic.
We watched the first hour of the special ALW Phantom of the Opera on YouTube last night. We may or may not watch the rest tonight. The story is very thin! But Sierra Boggess is fantastic.
Day 29 inside…feels like the other 28.
Dorothy A. Winsor
I’m alternating between reading Megan Whalen Turners THICK AS THIEVES and reading through a draft I set aside a couple of years back to see if it can be salvaged. The contrast is instructive.
Falling dominoes are a huge rabbit hole, although I haven’t personally encountered any huge rabbits.
Word on the street is that Fiona Apple released a fresh recording “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” I’ll be giving it a listen or two today while weeding and climbing laundry mountain.
I cut up a chicken, parted it out and chucked it in the freezer and then made a stock barely simmering for half a day with the back a carrot/onion/celery and a cigar of parsley sage rosemary thyme bay leaves and a garlic clove. The stock is so aromatic and so wobbly and gelatinous and we’re having a hard time deciding what exactly to make with it.
Needing a change of pace, I tried a new recipe Asian chicken lettuce wraps. Did not have water chestnuts, but I added fresh red pepper and a lot of ginger. Pretty easy to make. I have been eating mostly salads for a month and need to shake things up.
@zhena gogolia: She is such a fantastic Christine! I own the 25th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall video! It is amazng!
Oh man, the best aeronautical team flying today! I never get tired of watching them. Very jealous :)
We scored 2 lbs of pork tenderloin in our HEB delivery. I found a recipe for cooking it in the slow cooker with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, brown sugar, and cinnamon. I am anxious to see how it turns out.
ETA: Still working on my novel in fits and starts. It is really hard to keep my concentration while herding a four and a two year old. I have seen Frozen 2 seventy-eleven times.
I am gobsmacked. I had no idea there were so many techniques, formats, and “trick” effects in dominoes. Plus, a great way to teach/demonstrate Newtonian physics!
Tell you what, though: I’d hate to be part of the cleanup detail.
@CaseyL: The best thing I learned was that they leave out key pieces while they are building, in case there’s an “accident” the entire thing won’t collapse, just a section.
I’m sure that everyone here has seen Cats and Domino, but just in case …
@Tom Levenson: can’t wait for the companion volume “Chicks for Free”
@zhena gogolia: Yeah, that sucks, I did that once, too. Trick for next time? Select all and copy your comment before you hit the button to get the visual window back. Then paste it in text mode, then hit the visual tag.
I’ll see about putting a note there to let people know that when it refreshed the page you lose anything you had already added.
That was all amazing! Thanks TaMara, I had no idea!
@PsiFighter37: But with a baby!
@Mnemosyne: I love that one! I even added the link to one of the threads in the sidebar, a couple of weeks ago, for kind of an “in case of emergency, break glass” situation where we need something super cute with no effort to find it.
Oh oh Domino (all right)
Roll me over Romeo
There you go
Lord have mercy
Joy in FL
@Mnemosyne: Cats and Dominos — Wow. I enjoyed that so much. Thanks : )
Joy in FL
I’ve enjoyed all the domino videos. So relaxing. Thanks, TaMara : )
Dorothy A. Winsor
I enjoyed seeing the setup and explanation during the Fallon one.
@zhena gogolia: On the other hand, horsey stuff and raffish heroes are right up my alley right now, so yay for being able to find this on Project Gutenberg!
Which I’ve been using to read my way through the Sabatini catalog – Omnes Omnibus and I got started comparing Sabatini notes the other day, he mentioned St. Martin’s Summer, and then someone else mentioned Mistress Wilding, neither of which , it turned out, I had read before. So I had fun with those.
They are so hypnotic..
Thank you ?❤️
That’s this version — they’re making it available on YouTube until Sunday morning 9:00 AM ET. Every week a different ALW film gets put up from Friday 2:00 PM British time and stays there for 48 hours.
Have you heard her in “Love Never Dies”?
Oh, Trollope is your man. Hunting and riding all over the Palliser novels.
I read Scaramouche many years ago (and I lived in a place at Yale that had “He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad” carved over one of the doors). It was fun and I love the movie.
The Microwave Oven Installations chapter is going to be lit.
I’ve been trying to think of what I can do to help my neighborhood during this time, and I think I have it. There is a very good, hip, and trendy Italian place within walking place distance. I’ve been a few times, but usually I look at myself and think nah, jeans and a t-shirt will not cut it, I won’t stop by. Well, now they have limited curbside pickup! So I think I’ll order from there every other week, to help them survive.
Tonight I will have watermelon salad, spaghetti with house made sausage, and one of their specialty cocktails while I watch the big concert. Win!
Is that like watching paint dry?
The restaurant/microbrewery/winery/specialty shop fatality list coming out of this will be mindboggling. Some sectors I expect could approach 50% failures.
Happy to to my tiny part helping keep however many in bidnez as I can, even places I’m not necessarily wild about.
I’d say similar, except technically the snow is undrying/bewetting.
Needed a little fresh cabbage for a recipe. But since theres no such thing as a small head of cabbage, theres lots left over. So think Ill try making my own sauerkraut. Oh, the excitement.
@trollhattan: Yeah, I’m hoping this place makes it, it adds a lot to the neighborhood and is very popular. And I get great food and drink!
Just got done listening to John Prine Austin City Limits 2005, on Y tube.
I’ve listened to this before, enjoyed it. But now it has a bitter sweet quality as well. John was almost more a story teller than a singer. But no matter on which side of that line you land, he was great as both.
@Miss Bianca: Thank you for this recommendation. I’ve started Scaramouche, and found the source for Omnes Omnibus’ name!
Why? Excess fuel?
@lahke: : )
Just One More Canuck
@Tom Levenson: is there a chapter called “chicks for free”?
Just One More Canuck
Shakes fist in your direction
@Ruckus: As I write this, there’s a John Prine livestream tribute show going on. The bits are 20 minutes; currently playing is Sara Jarosz, with the really big names starting at around 6:30 Eastern time:
6:30 p.m ET – Shinedown’s Zach myers
6:40 p.m ET – John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats
7:00 p.m ET – Kevin Morby
7:20 p.m ET – Colin Meloy of The Decemberists
8:00 p.m ET – Grace Potter
8:20 p.m ET – Norah Jones
8:40 p.m ET – Warren Haynes
Good way to spend a few hours.
My local NPR broadcast this two-hour tribute to John Prine last night on American Routes. It was wonderful, and I was lucky no neighbors were around to hear me singing along loudly to every song.
J R in WV
My very late vote is to save some of that lovely-sounding broth for Chicken-and-Dumplings — a comfort meal my Grandmother was a master at producing, with fluffy yeasty, floating on air, dumplings on a delicious chicken stew,